Richard Just

Richard Just is the deputy editor of The New Republic. From September 2002 until December 2003, he was editor of The American Prospect Online. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2001, with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, he was the editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian.

Richard is also the founder and executive director of The Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day program for students from under-resourced high schools who are planning to pursue careers in journalism. The program is held annually on the campus of Princeton University; its inaugural session took place in August 2002.

Recent Articles

Editor's Note

Noy Thrupkaew, who has written regularly about culture for The American Prospect Online for nearly two years, is a finalist for a 2003 Online Journalism Award for commentary. You can read more about the awards here, and a complete list of finalists can be found here. She joins Scott McCartney of The Wall Street Journal's Web site, Mark Fiore of MarkFiore.com and James Stewart of SmartMoney.com as finalists for the award.

Schools of Thought

During her first two years at the University of Pennsylvania, Stephanie Steward became convinced that she was being treated unfairly because of her political views. In her class on diversity and the law, a professor seemed obsessed with the evils of slavery. Another professor's defense of the estate tax struck her as excessively one-sided. The Daily Pennsylvanian, where she worked, seemed to exhibit subtle political bias. Eventually Steward decided that she had taken enough abuse. So last year the junior launched a newspaper of her own, The Pennsylvania Independent, and this year she will take the publication biweekly. Starting a newspaper costs money (her budget for this school year will run about $15,000).

Foreign Currency

It's America's loss that British Prime Minister Tony Blair happened to be born on the other side of the ocean. As he made clear in a truly remarkable speech before Congress last Thursday, Blair understands far better than any contemporary American politician the appropriate role of U.S. power in the world. Not only would Blair have a real shot at defeating George W. Bush if he could run as an American in 2004, he would also make a far better president. But because a Blair presidency isn't possible, perhaps we can settle for the next best thing: a Democratic candidate who takes up the mantle of Blair's approach to world affairs and uses it to propel himself to the White House.

Cerebral Vortex

Over the years, a lot of people have called The West Wing -- the NBC drama that concluded its fourth season this week -- a liberal fantasy. To be sure, the show's politics are explicitly liberal, but those politics have always been secondary to the program's central message: that intelligence and moral purpose are the two most important attributes we ought to expect from our political leaders. In the last season, and particularly in his final episode Wednesday night, series creator Aaron Sorkin managed to turn his show into a meta-statement, not just on what's wrong with American politics but also on what's wrong with American entertainment.

Editor's Note

Dear Readers,

TAP Online will be taking a long weekend because of Easter, Good Friday, Passover and Patriots Day. We will resume publication on Tuesday, April 22. Tapped, our weblog, will publish today, Friday and Monday on a somewhat reduced schedule.

Have an enjoyable holiday weekend.

Richard Just

Editor, TAP Online

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